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Old 01-24-2013, 06:14 PM   #1
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Best $850 guitar?

I need a guitar that's good for playing Metal, Rock, Punk music.
It has to be under £550($850)
I want something that will look appealing to people that don't play guitar, so no strat or tele type guitars
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:29 PM   #2
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PRS CE24 all used and beat to hell and back.

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Old 01-24-2013, 06:33 PM   #3
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Not for £550 sadly Greg.

Are you willing to go used?
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:35 PM   #4
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Used Ibanez Prestige for half that price.
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:58 PM   #5
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The Reverend Double Agent III (@$850 new) and the Richmond Guitars Canada Empire (@$480 new) both have humbuckers in the bridge and P90s in the neck- they will easily handle punk and rock. Metal might be a stretch.

The discontinued Godin Velocity is a HSS is still on shelves new for @$850, or used for $500, and could probably do all 3. The Godin Freeway is HSH and could do likewise. Alas, both are Superstrats.

Fernandes has models like the Ravelle and Dragonfly that could be great for metal & rock. Don't know how they'd handle punk.

Malden has the limited edition Bad Karma that has a pair of nice HBs with individual coil taps. Its sister, the Karma, basically only lacks the coil taps.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:43 PM   #6
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Probably a Gibby LP Studio?
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:08 PM   #7
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PRS CE24 all used and beat to hell and back.

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You could get a used Mira for that price though!

Pretty solid guitars, really light, the one i tried had quite a full neck profile, was good in the hands. Wasn't really my sort of thing but it was a good guitar!
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:17 PM   #8
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If you can find an RZK-600, I'd go with that, but my opinion may be biased...
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:30 PM   #9
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Some Ibanez RG or S series are great guitar.
I don't know the price of schecters in Europe but they have some good stuff (same with LTD)
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:47 PM   #10
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Used Ibanez Prestige for half that price.


This + new pups if they need it
The Prestige is made in Japan, so is pretty fine, just make sure to get a good one

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Old 01-24-2013, 11:53 PM   #11
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:54 PM   #12
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The DBZ Royale and Imperial* are nice doublecuts with incredibly thin body & ergonomics, paired Seymour Duncans HBs and coil taps. Should do the task you ask, and are quite attractive. The new Explorer-like Hailfire SM is likewise equipped.

http://www.dbzguitars.com/guitars/browse-by-body-style









* they are essentially the same guitar, but the Royale has a smaller body.
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:08 AM   #13
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:12 AM   #14
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I want something that will look appealing to people that don't play guitar, so no strat or tele type guitars
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If you prefer LP type guitars or anything else for that matter that's fine but if you're suggesting Strats and Teles are unappealing to everyone we probably can't help you until you get your head out of your ass..
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:34 AM   #15
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Not for £550 sadly Greg.

Are you willing to go used?

well here you can. takes a little time but it happens.
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You could get a used Mira for that price though!

Pretty solid guitars, really light, the one i tried had quite a full neck profile, was good in the hands. Wasn't really my sort of thing but it was a good guitar!

hell yea a mira too if you look hard enough.
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:56 AM   #16
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Used Squire Bullet strat for $50, then $800 in upgrades.

Nailed it.
What kind of amp are you playing through?
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Old 01-25-2013, 02:06 AM   #17
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PRS has their new Tremonti SE Custom. Costs $700.
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If you prefer LP type guitars or anything else for that matter that's fine but if you're suggesting Strats and Teles are unappealing to everyone we probably can't help you until you get your head out of your ass..

I think what he's saying is that Teles and Strats are so common (ever notice how it's the most commonly used electric guitar that kid shows/movies use?) that there's probably a lot of people out there that are just tired of seeing them and don't think they're very special, not to mention that often times it's beginners that are seen with them, so they've become associated with beginners. Now, if it had a unique paint job that really drew the eye to it that might be different. Basically, the appreciation for them has been lost among some people.

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Old 01-25-2013, 03:30 AM   #18
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I hope that's not what he's saying!

I can't say I'm a huge fan, but a "Tele" can be just as pretty as any other axe out there.*












* and I'm not saying that just because I'll have a custom one sometime later this year...
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:05 AM   #19
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How about Chapman Guitars? Their new ML-7 that they're bringing out later this year seems impressive.
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:21 AM   #20
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Probably just get a used Gibson Studio. Iconic shape and name brand, suitable shape and style for all genres you listed, non-musicians don't know the difference between a Studio and a Custom. As long as it has Gibby on the headstock and trapezoid inlays you'll be pretty set as far as appeal goes.
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